'Labour members who abuse MPs should be thrown out of the party', says MP Harriet Harman

'Labour members who abuse MPs should be thrown out of the party', says MP Harriet Harman

Harriet Harman says Labour members who abuse MPs should be thrown out

Friday, July 14, 2017

Labour members who abuse MPs should be thrown out of the party immediately, says former shadow deputy prime minister Harriet Harman.

The long-standing Labour politician, the first-ever Mother of the House of Commons, also talked about the abuse she herself as received in conversation with our afternoon presenter Yasmeen Khan

Theresa May has announced an investigation into the abuse MPs suffered during the general election campaign. MPs such as Nigel Evans have spoken out about abuse they've received, and Harman has said such hatred cannot be tolerated.

She told Yasmeen: "Within the Labour Party we should have a rule that if you’re a member and you do this sort of abuse…irrespective of which party [you direct it towards], if you do it you should be expelled from the Labour Party."

She believes "if people know it’s one strike and you’re out they’ll soon stop doing it" and it will "ensure that nearly half a million people are keeping by a code."

Harman thinks at the moment "some people think, if they’re angry with the policies of the Conservative government, that justifies abuse and threats."

She added that she has had "a little bit of abuse but it’s saying 'you saggy breasted old crow you should be getting out of politics' but it’s quite rare.

"I think it’s particularly the younger women [who are abused], some men can’t bear the idea that some younger women can speak out.

"The police had to be involved when somebody was threatening to kill me and that was horrible but that was a long time ago."

Listen to the full interview above

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